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The Cultural Calendar | 2.23.14

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Today is Sunday, February 23rd, 2014. It is the 54th day of the year, there are 311 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Pisces. Life is full of difficult emotions.

In ancient Rome, today marked the celebration of Terminalia – honoring Teminus, the god who protected boundaries, limitations and the fair division of goods.


  • In 1455 Johannes Gutenberg printed the 1st book with his printing press it was a Bible.
  • In 1886, Charles Martin Hall, assisted by his sister Julia Brainerd Hall, produced the first samples of man-made aluminum.
  • In 1896, the Tootsie Roll was invented.
  • In 1898, Emile Zola was imprisoned for writing his “J’accuse” letter accusing the French government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus.
  • In 1940, Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio,” was released.
  • And in 1982, Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off,” premiered in London


  • Georg Frederic Handel in 1685.
  • Director Victor Fleming in 1889.
  • Peter Fonda in 1940.
  • Singer songwriter Johnny Winter in 1944.
  • Niecy Nash in 1970.
  • the lovely Emily Blunt in 1983.


  • English painter
  • Joshua Reynolds in 1792.
  • Poet John Keats in 1821.
  • Stan Laurel died on this day in 1965.


  • Kari Morris’ debut young adult novel, The Girl Who Could See, is now available on It’s a girl empowerment urban fantasy for ages 10-14. For more details, see Kari or visit to read the first two chapters for freeWe must warn you, though, under no circumstances should you read Chapter 1 while sitting atop a Central Park rock. You might disappear.
  • Michael Harren’s show, Tentative Armor, will appear here at Dixon Place on March 19th. Described as emotionally raw, darkly hilarious, it combines piano, live musicians and storytelling to create a funny, poignant tour of self-discovery through spirituality, sexuality and grief. That’s Wednesday, March 19th, 7:30 at Dixon Place.
  • Karen Schliefer appears in Broken Moments, a site specific musical at Tammany Hall, where the song and action surrounds the customers at this Lower East Side bar. Only 5 more shows. See Karen for details or visit– Broken MomentsABar
  • Tony-N Tina’s Wedding, featuring our own Susan Campanaro, opens March 5th and plays Wednesday thru Saturday at 7pm matinees on Sat/Sunday. It starts at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High school on W. 46th and parades through Times Square to Guy’s American kitchen and bar on 46th Street (dinner and dancing is included). Visit
  • The NYC Feminist Zinefest is taking place at Barnard College, Saturday March 1st, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. Please see Ayun Halliday for details.
  • Laurie Spiegel’s playwriting class for home-schooled teens is seeking male actors to volunteer a couple of hours for readings of student plays, Friday March 3. See Ayun Halliday or Milo Kotis.
  • And, “Daylight Precision,” a new WWII play by Douglas Lackey tracing the evolution from trench warfare to the the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the resulting moral arguments behind-the-scenes. Runs weekends through March 16th at Theater for The New City. Tix are $15 ($10 for seniors/students, comps for industry.) See me, Danielle Delgado for info.


About the Author

Chris Wells

CHRIS WELLS is an Obie award-winning writer, actor, singer, cabaret performer, lyricist, teacher and arts activist who has made original theatre, music and performance for many years.

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